Michael Burton 12 April 2018

Business rate pilot councils could see £870m cash boost says think tank

Business rate pilot councils could see £870m cash boost says think tank image

Local authorities are missing out on millions of pounds because of an £870m cash boost to business rate pilot councils, according to a study today from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.

The IFS report found that the 147 councils that have been selected to experiment with a 100% business rate retention scheme (BRRS) will between them benefit by £873m in 2018/19.

Had the £873m instead been handed out to all English councils they would have received 2% extra funding worth £16 per head while one in 10 areas would have received £9m in extra funding. 

The report read: ‘This revenue could have been used to reduce the budget deficit or fund tax cuts or higher central government spending. There is therefore an opportunity cost to the 100% business rates retention pilots.’

Despite their cost, the scope for learning from the pilots is ‘limited’ according to the IFS because the pilots - being ‘non-random’ and chosen by the Government - are ‘unlikely to be representative of all councils’ and because the length of the experiment is too short.

For more analysis on this report, please visit The MJ (£).

Why has the move towards 100% retention of business rates been so slow? Read our feature here.

Participatory budgeting image

Participatory budgeting

Evgeny Barkov explains what participatory budgeting means and how it can reveal what citizens need.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of Looked After Children and Vulnerable Young People

Enfield London Borough Council
Up to £89,319
 This is an exciting opportunity to lead all the services that support Enfield’s children in care and care leavers. Enfield (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Enfield London Borough Council

Head of Communities

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
to £61,751 (pay award pending)
We are looking for an innovative and knowledgeable senior professional to join our leadership team with strong experience of working in communities... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Economic Development Officer (Town Centres)

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band F, £29,636 - £32,878 per annum
The Economic Development Officer (Town Centres) post forms part of the Council’s Business Focus team who provide help directly to businesses. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recuriter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Educational Psychologist

Camden London Borough Council
£44,131 - £53,34
The ideal candidates will have an excellent understanding of psychological frameworks and their application in... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Economic Development Officer

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band F, £29,636 - £32,878
Are you interested in a challenge and want to help shape the future of North West Leicestershire? Coalville, Leicestershire
Recuriter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue